2nd Thursday Poetry featuring Lesléa Newman


Famed author Lesléa Newman reads from her newest poetry collection, the memoir-in-verse "I Wish My Father"

About this Event

BookWoman is proud to feature Lesléa Newman in our Second Thursday series. Newman, who is perhaps best known for her groundbreaking children's book Heather Has Two Mommies, will be reading from her newest collection of poetry, I Wish My Father. This memoir-in-verse is the companion volume to I Carry My Mother. The link to register is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bookwoman-2nd-thursday-poetry-reading-and-open-mic-with-leslea-newman-tickets-148942524099

Lesléa Newman is the author of 75 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections Nobody’s MotherOctober Mourning: A Song for Matthew ShepardStill Life with BuddyI Carry My Motherand, most recently, I Wish My Father. Newman is also the author of many children’s books including Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story,Ketzel: The Cat Who Composed, Here Is The World: A Year of Jewish Holidays, and of course Heather Has Two Mommies. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the National Jewish Book Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award. From 2008 - 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton, MA.

Praise for I Wish My Father:

With precision, compression, a graceful style earned through a lifetime of writing, paired with Newman’s tender and compassionate gaze, we are given the true good, the enduring image of the person kept beyond time, love’s greatest blessing. There is so much more than delight and recognition encountered in reading the poems in this collection. They comprise an act of honoring that witnessed, enriches the reader, and that honors, by the very fact of their being, the reader’s experience. Who could ask more of a work of art? —Gray Jacobik, author of Eleanor and The Banquet: New and Selected Poems

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751
I Wish My Father By Lesléa Newman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733534567
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Published: Headmistress Press - January 2nd, 2021